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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Perfect Thyming

Not only has America’s love for cocktails grown tremendously in recent years, so has the skill of those who prepare them. Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff selected 29 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Category: Whiskey/bourbon

Restaurant: Commander’s Palace, New Orleans

Creator: Ferrel Dugas, bar chef

Inspiration: It’s a tip of the hat to the city’s use of pecans in Creole dishes.

Key Ingredients: Kentucky Bourbon, Champagne, lemon juice, pecan liqueur and a muddle of thyme

Price: $9

What the Judges Said: “We were skeptical of this drink. Champagne with bourbon? Crazy, right? Wrong. Dugas pulls it off in this cocktail. As insane as it may seem, it’s the pecan liqueur that brings these two incongruent ingredients together. Add some earthy thyme, and this is a cocktail that we’d drink with grandma and a hunk of her outrageous pecan pie.”

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